Chadwick’s the man for Grant
CHRIS LAKEY Canaries boss Peter Grant is expected to unveil his first outfield signing today as he bids to take City back into the promotion picture and complete a remarkable turnaround in fortunes at Carrow Road.
Canaries boss Peter Grant is expected to unveil his first outfield signing today as he bids to take City back into the promotion picture and complete a remarkable turnaround in fortunes at Carrow Road.
Grant - who notched his fourth win in six games with Saturday's 1-0 victory at West Brom - is keeping mum on his new arrival, but the EDP understands it is Stoke City winger Luke Chadwick.
The former Manchester United man played and scored against the Canaries a fortnight ago and would fill the void left down the right by the absence of Lee Croft, who has an ankle injury.
And while the 25-year-old would come to Norwich on a loan deal, it is understood that Grant is keen to sign him on a permanent basis in January.
Grant knows Chadwick well - the Cambridge-born player was at West Ham during Grant's time there was assistant to Alan Pardew.
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The deal was close to being sealed last week, but Stoke boss Tony Pulis was reluctant to let Chadwick go until he had found a replacement.
Grant has admitted an interest in with Tottenham's Swiss international Reto Ziegler, a 20-year-old left-sided full-back or midfielder, but says there is no deal pending, while there are also reports linking him with Mark Noble, who has just returned to West Ham after a successful three-month loan spell with Ipswich.
Speaking after the West Brom win, Grant refused to name names, but said he was expecting a deal to go through today.
City's victory, courtesy of Robert Earnshaw's 11th goal of the season, against his former club, means the Canaries have now moved from 19th to ninth in the Championship table - just a point off the play-offs, since Grant took charge.
All four victories have been by 1-0, but Grant says that's not indicative of his methods.
“If anybody saw us, even though it's 1-0, I don't think they'd say we are a defensive side,” he said. “We break quickly, we have players who can win matches. I want the full-backs to go, I want the central midfield players to get in the box - I don't think we get enough people in the box yet, I still think we have people who are hoping things happen rather than making things happen.
“Don't get me wrong, I'm delighted to win 1-0, but I know we will create a lot more chances than that if we take care further up the final third of the field.”